Trainer Charles Byrnes has had his licence suspended for six months by the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board after one of his horses tested positive for a banned substance.
The Byrnes-trained Viking Hoard was pulled up at Tramore on October 18, 2018, after which a urine sample was found to contain hydroxyethylpromazinehydroxide (HEPS), a metabolite of acepromazine (ACP), which is a sedative.
ACP is a prohibited drug under the rules of racing - and following Byrnes' request to test a B sample, the finding was confirmed.
Evidence was heard from various officials and Byrnes himself, who "taking into account the gravity of what occurred" was fined 1,000 euros alongside his six-month ban.
However, the IHRB added it had "been advised that the trainer will be lodging an appeal against this decision"